Here it is finally! Summer has arrived in the UK. Sort of. Ok we haven’t had much in the way of heatwaves, but the temperatures are certainly rising even if it’s still overcast in this part of the country.
It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post. I’ve been incredibly busy with several things on the go at one time. You know about the book, I have a planning meeting in London in July, where we will discuss colour schemes. I’m also waiting to see if Kalmbach have accepted the new synopsis with fewer projects as they wanted. If they do then there will be a few tutorials available in the near future. For now I’m holding on to them.
I have had a pattern accepted for Beadwork magazine too, which will be published in the June/July 2016 issue. We have agreed on colours, the bracelets are made up and ready to go, and I’m just waiting for the contract to arrive by post.
I am also maybe helping to co-write some patterns or maybe a book for a friend who has worked a new stitch too, I’m doing the illustrations for her, though if it’s accepted as a book the illustrations probably won’t be needed but it’s been great fun working with her on that.
Then there are tutorials. I have two new ones out, both earrings. I’ll show one of them now. These are my Aztec Sun earrings. Lovely long drop/dangle earrings perfect for summer, with a rivoli centre and gorgeous crystal drop bead, the shape is very ‘Aztec’, hence the name. These have proved to be quite popular so far on Etsy.
I will show the other earrings in a few days, until then, be good.
I have been busily working on new projects lately and neglecting to add them to this blog, so here we go for a grand catch-up.
First, I made this gorgeous ruffle bracelet. It uses the same netted ruffle as my Anemone Pendant, but using Bi-bo beads and fire polished crystals in a strip along the centre, the ruffle outlines it beautifully.
It is a very delicate-looking bracelet, and made in soft colours certainly looks light and lacy.
The next is my Harmony bracelet, made with six motifs with glass pearls at their centre. The pearls are captured by a tubular peyote ring, and surrounded by netted seed beads and smaller, matching glass pearls. Each motif is joined by shared SuperDuo beads, so each is made separately and joined to the previous one as you go along. It was probably more difficult to write up than to actually make!
Finally, and this is the reason I have been rushing new tutorials out, I have finally got the green light for my book. Kalmbach have accepted the synopsis and spreads, and though I may not use all the design originally proposed, it will be published in September 2016, or possibly earlier if it can be agreed. So I must stop creating new ideas and get back to the book.
In the meantime, I am also working on a second compilation book, which currently has 22 designs, but following negotiations with the publisher, more may be added, including a couple of designs some have already seen. I’m hoping to have that one published by September this year (indie), so that will keep you all going for a while.
I'm Teresa, the designer and writer of the tutorials you see, and a bead addict.